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February 11, 2021

Are you working from home? Need some tech to help you seize the day?

This article is to help you drive up productivity with the help of some tech related items!

Since the beginning of 2020 working from home has become the new normal for many businesses and their employees, with this approach a new set of challenges occur such as making sure that your teams can get their work done at home. Some of the challenges that your employees may be facing are:

Here at ARVITENI we believe that helping the best we can is our main drive so we are going to present you with some solutions to the common above problems businesses and their employees face.

Can't get WIFI all over the house?

This is something that is not only debilitating for businesses but can just be annoying for anyone wanting to browse the web or work from home. Usually, the problems start at the router you are provided with by your internet service provider. I have personally never had a good experience with the routers provided to me by my internet providers over the years (except for Talk Talk and that router still has it's limited features) so what I have resorted to is to expand upon the system or sometimes I completely replaced the router (cost-wise this is probably not the most efficient depending on your situation and technical knowledge) So how do I fix it I hear? Well, you can solve this problem with either a mesh network or a powerline adapter.

What is a mesh network? 

Mesh networks are designed to cover your home with a WIFI connection. Two main components make up your mesh network, the hub (connects to your router) and the nodes (they are what extend your wireless coverage). They are all part of the same home wireless network, they share the same SSID and password. Unlike range extenders which just repeat what your router is communicating a mesh network is smart and works in a way to offer you the best speeds and connections depending on where you are in the house.

All the nodes serve as a wireless access point. This means that the nodes farthest from the router can provide a strong Wi-Fi signal as they are talking to other nodes and not relying on one-to-one communications with the router.

Here are some we recommend:

TP-Link Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System:

Google Mesh Wi-Fi Router Whole Home System:

What is a powerline adapter?

Essentially a powerline adapter enables you to provide an internet connection to another part of your house over the copper wire system that powers your plugs in your home. There are two main types of powerline adapters, there are those that can connect your router via an ethernet connection and provide you with another ethernet port somewhere else in the house where you may just plug into a PC or add a wireless access point (this is what I have done in my home). The other type of powerline adaptor is similar to the first one when you wire the adapter to the router but on the other end, it is a wireless access point and enables you to keep using the plug.

TP-Link Nano AV600 (I use this in my home):

TP-Link TL-WPA4220KIT:

TP-Link TL-PA4010PKIT:

Bad quality video calls

If you are still having problems with your calls even though your internet connection is solid then you may just be victim of poor webcam quality, lucky enough this is an easy fix and there are so many solutions on the market for these issues. It is always best if you're looking for performance and quality to stick to dedicated equipment for important jobs. One of the best all-around webcams that you can buy nowadays is the Logitech C920, this device will provide you with crisp image quality at 30 frames per second and a small footprint. The only downside to this webcam is the price tag it retails for around £130. If cost is not the issue and you are wanting 4K, 60fps (at 1080p) and works well in low light then you should consider the Logitech Brio Webcam which can retail for around £240. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative you may want to check out the Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000 it offers reasonable specs for the price of £60.

Logitech C920:

Logitech Brio:

Microsoft Lifecam HD-3000:

Noisy backgrounds

We've all been there, you on an important conference call and you get asked to mute your microphone because everybody on the call can hear your dog barking in the background, the doorbell ringing, or your neighbour who is mowing his garden! Luckily there are products on the market which can help fight this all too well-known problem. The category of products in question goes by the name of noise-canceling headphones and essentially they do just that, cancel noise. The way they work is they listen to your surroundings and flip the signal that is being received by the headphones which in turn cancels out the sound. Any noise cancellation is better than no noise cancellation so please see some links to some headphones that we recommend:

The Sony WH-1000XM4:

Bose QuietComfort 35 II:

JBL Tune 750BTNC:

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Have a great week everybody!

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